If your ancestor was in the British Army...you are VERY lucky...
If he served for 20 plus years, or was unable to continue to work as a
soldier due to injury or infirmity..there will be record retained in Britain
of his Service History. and you will be able to find out how tall he was,
the colour of his eyes and hair and lots of other things, including where he
served...these details are on Soldiers documents : service documents of
soldiers, containing particulars of age, birthplace and trade or occupation
on enlistment, a record of service, including any decorations and the reason
for discharge to pension, l760-1872
If you visit the PRO...this is the 'piece No" for his records... WO
RICHARD DELANEY Born CLONMEL, Tipperary Served in 97th Foot Regiment; 32nd
Foot Regiment Discharged aged 40
If you can't go to the PRO you can order a film from the Latter Day Saints
and get a copy of his discharge papers there..the Film No. you need to hire
v. 505 32nd Rgmnt. of Foot: Caddle-Dunstone 1760-1854 FHL BRITISH Film
885417 (Richard Delaney's reocrd will be the 115th on the reel..they are in
It looks as though he also served in 32nd Regiment of Foot..and this will be
important for you in finding ther Birth Certificates or Marriage
When a British Soldier married, the record of the marriage was most often
recorded in the Army Rgimental Births Deaths and Marriages...or when
overseas...in the Amry Chaplains Returns for Stations Abroad..
These indexes are on microfiche at the Latter Day Saints' Family History
Centres...once you have the index...(Volume No., and page No.) you can order
these certificates from the PRO..just like any other UK certificate.
Since you are in the UK...you are in a perfect spot to get the
Best Wishes and if you want any more help, please don't hesitate to ask..if
I can I'll point you in the right direction.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Julie Robinson" <juliejameson(a)slevison.demon.co.uk>
Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2003 9:10 AM
Subject: [SRILANKA] BRITSH ARMY IN CEYLON 1825-1836
Is there anybody who has, perhaps, forebears who were in the British Army
served in Ceylon <1825-1836>?
My great-great-grandfather was with the 97th Regiment of Foot. He
from County Tipperary in Ireland and his name was Richard DELANEY.
I have just picked up the fact from lurking here for a short while that
Marriage Certificates are hard to obtain, but perhaps some record
lingers of a descent from an Irish soldier - and there were lots of them!
Related or not, I am interested in finding out about life for the British
during this period of comparative quiet - or was it?
To join Ancestry.com
and access our 1.2 billion online genealogy records,